Reverse Living: First Last, Last First

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on April 27, 2008
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Notes:

Luke 6:20-23 If we accept the Lordship of Christ and live today in light of the coming kingdom, even the most destitute and hopeless situations will not overwhelm us.

Luke 6:24-26 Jesus is addressing the focus of our faith which should be on the Kingdom to come which is contrasted with living for today.

Luke 4:18-19 Jesus came to save the poor, the captives, the blind, and the oppressed those society regarded as lost causes.

Matthew 11:4-6 The hopeless cases did not take offense in him; whereas, the worldly successful were offended in him and threatened by him. Those in appalling need were blessed.

A theme seen throughout the Scriptures is the lifting up of those cast down and the casting down of those lifted up.

Mark 10:21-31 First will be last, and the last, first.

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

Luke 6:27 The way most people normally respond is to hate their enemies and to do badly to those who hate them.

Verses 28-30 We must hold onto the great promises regarding the Kingdom when Jesus will rule over all and at which time justice will prevail. Today, humans violate each other and will continue to do so until the Lord returns.

Verse 31 A simple, easy to understand way to evaluate what we do

NONRECIPROCAL LOVE

Luke 6:32-36 These commands are perhaps the most radical and, at the same time, the most powerful of all.

MEASURED IN RETURN

Luke 6:37-45 To judge others opens a gateway to much evil.

DO WHAT I SAY

Luke 6:46-49 The great deception is thinking and not doing.



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